Whole Lotta Trouble

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Location: Wheatland, California, United States

I'm a mom. I'm a civil servant. I have a sense of humor, and I'm not afraid to use it.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Because I can

Okay - please bear in mind that I've had a few drinks.

First - LOVE my new job. LOVE LOVE LOVE the people I work with. They have personalities. And they speak to you. And include you in on things like lunch. And maybe going to go get a coffee. So nice.

The job itself, however, needs a little adjustment. I had no idea that I would need so many reports to do one job. It's insane. There HAS to be an easier way. And I will find it. Just give me a little time. (and maybe a few shots. just sayin . . . )

Seriously, though. It's nice working with someone who will actually give me work to do. I kind of like it when I ask something, and I hear - "Not sure - why don't YOU find out?" It's so cool.

On my previous job, I'd ask to do things, and I'd get, "Well, why don't you try to do this, send it to me, and I'll see if it's as good as I can do it." Granted, it wasn't those exact words, but the meaning was there. I was so bored. I wasn't trusted to do anyting worthwhile. I just sat there, and kept hearing how my boss would never hire an associate to do a project analyst's job. So - I sat there. For a YEAR. Doing practically nothing. I would try to find ways to increase my duties, to no avail. "I don't want you to do that. THIS is much more important." THIS being checking various databases and seeing if they'd changed from day to day. A slug with half a brain could do what I did. It was frustrating and demeaning.

Now - not a problem. My new boss is asking me to devise a completely new system of reporting. I have so many ideas, my brain is exploding. I have to admit that I'm a little nervous. I'm new to the Budget arena. Not exactly sure what all of the terms mean, and what is important and what isn't.

But I know one thing - I'm genuinely happy right now. I know that working for the State of California kind of sucks right now (more on the budget situation in another post), but I love learning new things. I love taking what I know, and applying it to new processes, and helping out other people.

I like being valued. It's a cool feeling.